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These windpipe cells trigger coughs to keep water out of the lungs

Have you ever taken a gulp of water that goes down the wrong way? Or felt...

Jupiter’s moon Io may have been volcanically active ever since it was born

Jupiter’s moon Io has possibly been erupting for a very, very, very long time. Io is...

The Rise of the Carbon Farmer

Patrick Holden strolls across the field, pausing from time to time to bend and point out a...

The Atlas Robot Is Dead. Long Live the Atlas Robot

Old robots never die, they simply fade away. (And probably rust a bit.) This week, Boston Dynamics...

A puzzling mix of artifacts raises questions about Homo sapiens’ travels to China

More than half a century ago, Chinese researchers uncovered thousands of pieces of an ancient cultural puzzle....

No, Dubai’s Floods Weren’t Caused by Cloud Seeding

Dubai is underwater. Heavy storms have caused flash flooding across the United Arab Emirates, leading to shocking...

Hibernating bumblebee queens have a superpower: Surviving for days underwater

It’s not easy being a queen — a bumblebee queen, that is. To start her colony in...

What can period blood reveal about a person’s health?

When you think of getting tested for a disease, you might think first of nasal swabs, urine...

US Infrastructure Is Broken. Here’s an $830 Million Plan to Fix It

There’s one word that will get any American fuming, regardless of their political inclination: infrastructure. Pothole-pocked roads,...

They Experimented on Themselves in Secret. What They Discovered Helped Win a War

Not long ago, I let a colleague insert an IV line in my hand. He swished saline...

This robot can tell when you’re about to smile — and smile back

With its hairless silicone skin and blue complexion, Emo the robot looks more like a mechanical re-creation...

This newfound longhorn beetle species is unusually fluffy

Meet Excastra albopilosa, a newly identified species of longhorn beetle that rocks an unusually fluffy white coat....
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